Originally Posted by SpongeG
nordstrom isn't as high end as holts though - i mean you can get sketchers, converse and nike at most nordstrom stores in the shoe dept. compared to gucci, dsquared and whatever
my korean friend said holt renfrew is a real dept store to him like back in korea, but small, he said sears and the bay are not dept stores he is used to and doesn't think of them the same way
Is Korea is anything like Japan, which I imagine it is, given the history , proximity and cultural similarities... department stores are considered upscale places to buy stuff. There is no Super Saturday Sale.
In North America, upscale is a small boutique store. In Japan (and it sounds like Korea) department stores are expensive places to buy brand-name clothing. Employees are in full uniform, service is outstanding, the bottom food floor is more of a prepared food mecca with plenty of French branded foods and nicely packaged goods, the top floors are usually restaurant floors.
If Nordstrom's brought something like that here, I'd be all for it... but I don't think we have the kind of culture that would support it. The middle class in Japan is very strong, with a more egalitarian distribution of wealth among the working class, so a larger number of people buy nice things, as opposed to a very small number buying super-luxury things.
I'd love to see a Food Floor here (yum!)
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